- New York Mayor de Blasio has declared he will become the 46th President of the United States. He is the 23rd candidate of the Democrats.
- In a three-minute video distributed on social networks, de Blasio attacks Trump. He strikes back on Twitter immediately.
- Never before in American history has an acting mayor been elected president.
He has long been gracing, he has flirted, he has probed the situation, and now he has finally done it: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared on Thursday that he would like to become the 46th President of the United States. In the early morning he published a three-minute video on the social media, in which he promises to work especially for the working population. "Working People First" is the title of the short film. Later that morning, he and his wife Chirlane McCray appeared on the ABC television channel and reaffirmed his intention to move to the White House.
De Blasio is the 23rd candidate of the Democrats, and it is still expected that more candidates enter the race. The mayor was struggling to get the attention of President Donald Trump. In the video, he says, "I'm a New Yorker, I've known for a long time that Trump is a bad guy." Later he called him "Con Don", Cheater Don. Trump is known for finding derogatory nicknames for his opponents. For example, he consistently calls former Vice President Joe Biden "Sleepy Joe," sleepy Joe. De Blasio has apparently considered confronting the President by the same means.
Trump: De Blasio is the worst mayor of the United States
It did not take long for Trump to react. As expected, he chose his favorite medium Twitter for the counterattack. De Blasio is "the worst mayor of the United States," wrote Trump, and moreover, New York hate him. In fact, de Blasio is not particularly popular in New York, though not nearly as unpopular as Donald Trump. The President is fabulously unpopular in his hometown, which he is reportedly constantly ridiculed.
De Blasio was first elected mayor of New York in 2013. He joined the office in January 2014 as successor to Michael Bloomberg. In 2017 he was elected for another four years. At that time he had promised to fulfill his term of office in any case. Should he actually become a Democratic presidential candidate, he would have to break the promise.
After his re-election, de Blasio had said that his time as mayor now really starts. He indirectly acknowledged that he had not achieved too much in his first term. Although there is now a free kindergarten year, which is considered his biggest success so far, and the crime rate has fallen, but his main promises de Blasio could not keep: to create affordable housing and reduce the number of homeless. There are even more homeless people in New York than when he took office. Some 63,000 people in America's largest city have no permanent home.
Some competitors have already collected much more money for the election campaign
Never in American history has an incumbent mayor been elected president, and de Blasio has not been given too many opportunities. A survey last month found that 24 percent of respondents had a positive opinion of him and 24 percent a negative. He did not care about the rest.
De Blasio's advantage is that, as mayor of New York, he is reasonably well known beyond the city limits. Its disadvantage is that other candidates like Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden are not only more popular in the democratic base, but that they have already collected much more money for the election campaign.
De Blasio does not challenge that, according to his own statement. He had often been far off in polls, he said. If he gave it something, he would never have been mayor. "It does not matter where you stand at the beginning," he said, "but on where you end up".